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Fire Commissioners – July 2018

                                                 CLERMONT FIRE COMMISSIONERS

                                                                JULY 16, 2018

The Clermont Fire Commissioners held their regular meeting on Monday, July 16, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.  Those present were Commissioner Ron Miller, Commissioner Laurence Saulpaugh, Commissioner Ronald Rifenburgh and Commissioner Raymond Bauer.  Chairwoman Rifenburgh was absent. 

Others present were Treasurer Denise Fiore, Captain Les Coons, Chief Lloyd Kukon and Tami Connolly.

Commissioner Saulpaugh opened the meeting with the salute to the flag.

MINUTES: Treasurer Fiore noted that on page 24 a correction was needed to change the name of Mr. Meehan from Pete to Pat.  A motion was made to accept the minutes with correction by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Bauer.  All in favor.  So carried.


Total amount of June 2018 invoices paid                                           $39,401.00

Proposed July 2018 invoices                                                               $ 3,988.64     *

Paid July 2018 invoices                                                                       $    150.94

Total                                                                                                    $ 4,139.58     *

                        * Adjusted total – added $732.28


            The Bank of Greene County Balances

                        Money Market Checking Balance                              $131,583.06

                        Checking Balance                                                        $    3,078.12

                        Less Outstanding Checks                                            $         17.48

                        Checking Balance to Date                                           $    3,060.64

            Money Market & Checking Account total                              $134,643.70

Capital Reserve Fund for Fire Equipment                                           $  29,717.22

Capital Reserve Fund for Construction & Improvement                    $  33,653.95

A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer to accept the Treasurer’s report, seconded by Commissioner Miller.  All in favor.  So carried.


  • RBC Wealth Management account statement for June – $397,236.24
  • Physicals were received for Wesley Werner and Brendan Hegarty.
  • Chairwoman Rifenburgh sent in a physical for Cody Rockefeller and a letter from Emergency Response Technologies of those that completed the HazMat portion of the training, which had not been reported before.  There were a total of 23 on the list.  She also reported that we have not received a physical for Peter Cichetti or Don VanWagner, or Fred Gooderham and Scott Dow who are currently inactive.
  • Received a letter releasing Harry Pease to return to active duty effective 6/12/18.


BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS: Commissioners Bauer and Saulpaugh

  • Commissioner Bauer got a quote from Darryl Millius for Station #1 roof. He would apply a fiber aluminum roof coating for $900.00 when the weather cools. A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh and seconded by Commissioner Miller to accept the bid.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • B & K Electrical gave a quote for removal of 3 light fixtures and installation of 2 LED light fixtures for $400.00.  We are the list for the work.
  • The fan at Station #1 is being used to keep the air circulating.
  • The Highway Superintendent Jim Potts will try to take care of the edges and swale of the entrance to Station #1.  

INSURANCE: Commissioners R. Rifenburgh and Miller

No report

FIRE EQUIPMENT: Commissioners Bauer and Saulpaugh

  • All trucks have been inspected and serviced (Correction: with the exception of #6034, which has not had filters changed).  Suggested that the motor be washed off. The tanker has been welded and patched.  The tank did have a crack and is getting stressed and worn.
  • Truck #6034 fuel filters were changed but does not show on invoice.  Truck #6012 and #6013 also had the filters changed.

LOSAP: All Commissioners

Commissioner R. Rifenburgh received projected fee for LOSAP for 2019.  The contribution is $33,088.00 this is less than last year but when we do the budget we will probably have additional fees so he suggested keeping it the same. The only new benefit being paid this year is for Peter Cichetti and there are no members reaching entitlement age in 2019.

There are several members who need to complete beneficiary forms.

LAWS AND POLICIES:  All Commissioners

  • Commissioner Bauer asked if we could take a look at revising the travel policy especially with the mileage rate which is currently $.55. He suggested paying a certain percentage for meals and lodging.  Commissioner R. Rifenburgh suggested looking at this next month.

LEGAL: All Commissioners

No report


  • The new television is at Station #1.  It has not been hooked up. If mounted on the wall will need a bracket, etc.
  • PRINTER: Commissioner Miller did purchase a printer for Station #1 from Staples.
  • DRYER: The salesman told the Chief that we could try the dryer for 30 days.  The cost is $200.00 per piece.  Commissioner R. Rifenburgh did get prices for a dryer at the convention from Dry Gear Solutions.  A four unit metal dryer would be $4,845 plus shipping and a two unit dryer $3545 plus shipping. MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner Bauer, seconded by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh to purchase the four unit model.  All in favor.  So carried.
  • GEAR: Commissioner R. Rifenburgh asked the Chief how much gear has been ordered, if any.  The Commissioner did talk to someone from Viking about gear.  The Commissioners need a quote for what gear has to be purchased. 
  • The Chief said that it is possible that the County will pickup the cost of the insurance to cover cancer for firefighters.


  • The tax cap will be 2% for 2019 as reported by the Treasurer.
  • The Commissioners will begin the budget process in September at the meeting on September 17th at 7:00 P.M.  Milan Volunteer Firefighters will be notified and asked to report on how many calls were answered on Shields Road and what they were. 
  • The Commissioners will meet on Friday, August 10th at 7:00 P.M. to review the specs for the new truck.
  • After discussion of the conditions of the bays at Station #2, a letter will be written to the Directors of the Fire Company requesting that they hire a cleaner to clean monthly.  If they are not interested, the District will get someone and deduct it from the monthly lease payment.


There were three calls in June as follows:

6/1/18 – Alarm Activation – 694 Woods Road

6/11/18 – Alarm Activation – 168 Pleasantvale Road

6/24/18 – Alarm Activation – 760 Woods Road

Monthly Drill:

6/25/18 on engine placement and water operations – 10 firefighters attended.

The Chief reported that he ordered the scot pack holders for #6013.  He purchased the entire unit.  A Veterans for Veterans show will be held July 21 at Fully Loaded Garage on Route 9G. Truck #6010 will be taken.  They will demonstrate cutting up a car.

The Chief thanked Captain Coon for cleaning the trucks.

He also thanked Assistant Chief Decker and Captain Coon for doing a good job at the mutual aid garage fire in Germantown.

MOTION: A motion was made to pay additional bills for the following by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller to Les Coon for $284.74 and $30.57 and to Staples for $416.97, total of $732.28.  All in favor.  So carried.

FUEL USAGE: Commissioner R. Rifenburgh reported the fuel usage as 47.50 gallons, 37.25 inches.


Tami Connolly asked how many active interior firefighters there are now. Commissioner R. Rifenburgh responded that there are five.  He explained about the purchase of new gear for rotation with the interior firefighters.

Captain Coon asked if the power washer is district or company because it does not seem to be working correctly, it is tripping the breaker.  Commissioner Saulpaugh suggested taking it over to Kingston for it to be checked out.

MOTION: A motion was made by Commissioner R. Rifenburgh, seconded by Commissioner Miller to adjourn at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Helen Shannon

Fire District Secretary